Top Tip Of The Week

Cringeworthy Cliches

Using too many cliches in a story will annoy your reader. An editor/judge wants to read something fresh. He doesn’t want to read that Mabel was feeling sick as a parrot, or that she made it to the bathroom in the nick of time. Nor does he want to know that she lost track of time, felt as weak as a kitten and as if her illness lasted an eternity.

Hopefully you’re starting to get the picture…



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12 Responses to Top Tip Of The Week

  1. Guess I’m in the dark about this topic since cliches are my bread and butter. I would be up a creek, without a paddle, without them. Once in a blue moon I don’t use them when I write but that’s only when I draw a blank.

  2. mihrank says:

    good – right to the point – agree – bravo!

  3. Thanks for this…great to remember too…I love clichés like I would love to have the plague…;-)

  4. Happy Mother’s Day Esther, here in Sweden it has already been and gone…hope all’s well with you.

  5. Kate Loveton says:

    Ha! ‘Starting to get the picture…’

    Good reminder – thank you.

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